About North Port
The City of North Port was incorporated in June of 1959. North Port is strategically located on the west coast of Florida, between Tampa and Ft. Myer and is the largest city, both in landmass and population in Sarasota County. We currently have two exits on Interstate 75 that are within city limits; North Port’s stretch of U.S. 41 is attractive and booming.
North Port is only minutes away from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, including Stump Pass State Park, Siesta Key, and several others on Manasota, Casey, and Longboat Keys. We also enjoy access to four airports in the area: Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, and Tampa.
Our Florida sunshine and warm climate allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life year-round. North Port has more than 80 miles of freshwater canals. Golfing, boating, kayaking, nature walks, and horseback riding can all be done in and around North Port. We are also home to the Myakka State Forest.
The City of North Port has a City Commission/City Manager form of government. This system combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a City Commission with the managerial experience of a City Manager. The City Commission is the legislative body empowered to make decisions by the citizens who elect its members and hires and supervises the four charter officers: The City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk.
The five current City Commissioners are:
- Commissioner Vanessa Carusone Seat # 1
- Mayor Christopher Hanks Seat # 2
- Vice Mayor Debbie McDowell Seat # 3
- Commissioner Jill Luke Seat #4
- Commissioner Pete Emerich Seat # 5
City Hall is located at 4970 City Hall Boulevard (off of Sumter Boulevard, near the intersection of Sumter and Price Boulevards). The North Port Police Department, located at 4980 City Hall Blvd., is our local law enforcement agency, while fire and ambulatory services are provided by North Port Fire Rescue. Services outside of the City limits are provided by Sarasota County Sheriff ’s Department, Sarasota County Fire Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol.
The City of North Port is located in Sarasota County, which also has a commission administration form of government. Five districts throughout the county elect a commissioner to a four-year term. The five current County Commissioners are:
- Michael A. Moran, District 1
- Christian Ziegler, District 2
- Nancy C. Detert, District 3
- Alan Maio, District 4
- Charles D. Hines, District 5
Sarasota County Commission can be reached by calling 941-861-5344, or by visiting www.scgov.net for their email and mailing addresses.